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Mark Twain’s Study

Picture it: you are driving by Quarry Farm in the Chemung valley in the 1890’s and in the back, in a small octagonal structure, is a man with crazy white hair and a magnificent mustache. That man is Samuel Langhorne Clemens.

Okay, snap back to today. Samuel Clemens may not mean anything to some of us, but others immediately know that man as Mark Twain. His famous works like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Roughing It have been adored for over 100 years. And he was a renowned political and cultural satirist who was greatly influential in American society. Some of his best ideas were developed in this small building.

You can take a step back in history and visit the Mark Twain Study to get a glimpse of the man who grappled with the issues of his time – deeply describing life in the south or depicting the struggles of the average American – all from a small study in upstate New York. The small structure has been part of the Elmira College campus since 1953, and is open to visitors in the summer. A great place to center yourself for a writing endeavor or to bring the kids that might be reading Twain’s books in school.

When and Where

  • Twain’s study is open from May 1st to Labor Day from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday
  • In the Fall (Labor Day to mid-October) the Study is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays only
  • Park on campus at Cowles Hall, Located at 800 Park Pl, Elmira, NY 14901
  • Call (607) 735-1941 with questions

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